ACT Test Prep Resources

Posted on Monday, July 27, 2020 by Brandy

Do you need help preparing for the ACT test?  We have compiled a list of resources to help you navigate this important college entrance exam.

What is the ACT?

The ACT exam is a standardized test required for admission at many colleges and universities. The exam covers four skills areas: English, mathematics, reading and science.

How much does it cost?

It costs $55 take the ACT exam; this cost increases to $70 if you are required to take the writing test as well. A fee waiver is available for low-income students; however, ACT requires that you meet with your guidance counselor to see if you qualify.

Where can I take the ACT exam?

The ACT test is offered at several of locations throughout Boone and Callaway counties, including most public high schools. Search online to find a testing location near you. Continue reading “ACT Test Prep Resources”

The Selector’s Selections: July 2020

Posted on Friday, July 24, 2020 by Brianna

Time for more books to add to your to-be-read list! We’ve got an exciting mix of new titles coming in. Don’t forget to check the New Book shelves in your library, and on OverDrive to see all the titles I didn’t have space to write about here!

Salty, Bitter, Sweet” by Mayra Cuevas

Though my husband can’t stand them, I love watching cooking competition shows. I grew up watching Iron Chef and Top Chef with my dad, so when I saw this title I got pretty excited. Isabella is a teen chef who dreams of owning a restaurant someday. After her Abuela’s death and parents’ divorce, she ends up in France with her dad and his new pregnant wife. She struggles to fit in and balance her different cultures—Cuban, French and American. Instead of dealing with any of her emotions, Isabella throws herself into a prestigious and cutthroat cooking competition. Continue reading “The Selector’s Selections: July 2020”

Live Panel: Navigating College Preparation

Posted on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 by Brandy

On Wednesday, July 22 the Daniel Boone Regional Library will host an online event to help you plan for a successful college experience. Beginning at 6 p.m., our four panelists will provide pro tips on academics, admissions, entrance exams, financial aid and more!

  • Danielle Winton, owner of Memory Strategies, will offer tips to aid teens with learning and remembering information.
  • Melanie Studer, author of “College Bound: The Ultimate List of Conversations to Help Your Teen Through High School,” will discuss some key conversations for parents to have with their college-bound teen.
  • Kristie Beck, owner of Savvy Strategies, will discuss preparing for the ACT and the college application process.
  • Sarah Moreau, director of Central Bank’s ProsperU program, will talk about how to pay for college.

After the live Zoom event, a recording of this panel discussion will be available through July 29. Please register to get a link for this Zoom event.

2020-21 Truman Award Finalists

Posted on Monday, June 29, 2020 by Brandy

2020-21 Truman Award Finalists (PDF)

The Truman Readers Award honors a book that is selected by Missouri junior high students. To be eligible to vote, students must read at least four of the finalists. Voting will occur at participating schools early next spring. While the winner won’t be announced until April 2021, this is a great list of summer reads for students in grades sixth through eighth.

City of Ghosts” by Victoria Schwab
Ever since her near-fatal drowning, Cassidy has been able to pull back the “Veil” that separates the living from the dead and see ghosts. When the family travels to Scotland, Cass and her personal ghost companion, Jacob, are about to find out that a city of old ghosts can be a very dangerous place indeed. Continue reading “2020-21 Truman Award Finalists”

The Selector’s Selections: June 2020

Posted on Monday, June 22, 2020 by Brianna

I’m back to highlighting physical books! The library is partially reopened, and we’re still offering curbside pickup. So if you’re the kind of bibliophile that needs to hold a book and turn its pages, we’ve got you covered. If you’re like me and enjoy reading at night without having to turn a light on, no worries! I’ll still be ordering plenty of digital titles as well.

It’s June, so I wanted to focus on a few LGBTQIA books. Continue reading “The Selector’s Selections: June 2020”

Teen Summer Reading Challenge

Posted on Monday, June 15, 2020 by Brandy

Summer Reading begins June 15The Daniel Boone Regional Library is challenging youth ages 12-18 to read for 15 hours, share three book reviews and do seven fun, library-related activities. Complete this Summer Reading challenge, and beginning August 1, you’ll receive a free book. You’ll also be entered into a drawing for an Amazon Fire Tablet.

Due to social distancing, we will not have Summer Reading sign-up in person at the libraries or on the bookmobile. If you cannot sign up online, call your library for assistance over the phone.

Reading and activity trackers are available to download below. You can also request printed Summer Reading materials at your library, at a bookmobile stop or via curbside pickup.

Teen Activity Trackers: Color | Black & White | Fillable PDF

2020-21 Gateway Award Finalists

Posted on Sunday, June 14, 2020 by Brandy

2020-21 Gateway Award Finalists (PDF)

The Gateway Readers Award honors a young adult novel that is selected by Missouri high school students. To be eligible to vote, students must read at least three of the finalists. Voting will occur at participating schools early next March, so you can use the summer months to get crack-a-lackin’ on this list! The winner will be announced in April 2021.

A Heart in a Body in the World” by Deb Caletti
Annabelle runs from Seattle to D.C., becoming a reluctant activist as people connect her journey to her recent trauma.

After the Shot Drops” by Randy Ribay
Bunny takes a basketball scholarship to an elite private school to help his family, leaving behind his best friend in their tough Philadelphia neighborhood.
Continue reading “2020-21 Gateway Award Finalists”

Practice for Your Driver’s License Exam

Posted on Thursday, May 28, 2020 by Brandy

Through our partnership with Driving-Tests.org, the Daniel Boone Regional Library can help you get your Missouri driver’s license. With this service, all library cardholders have online access to the Missouri driver’s manual and free practice exams.

You will need to log in using your DBRL library card number. Your PIN is your birthdate (MMDDYYYY). If you have questions or encounter difficulties logging in, please call (573) 443-3161 or 1-800-324-4806.

The Selector’s Selections: May 2020

Posted on Thursday, May 21, 2020 by Brianna

The following are just a small selection of the plethora of delightful books we have available digitally. If there’s a book you’d really love to read that we don’t have on OverDrive or Hoopla, use this form to let me know! Sometimes I can even purchase digital copies of books that are out of print in physical format. For example, I recently picked up these wonderful 1980s horror books! Seriously, if you like horror they are worth a read—there’s a haunted house populated by Dungeons & Dragons style monsters. It’s awesome. With no further ado, here are my selections for the merry month of May. Continue reading “The Selector’s Selections: May 2020”

2020 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees

Posted on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 by Brandy

2020 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees (PDF)

The Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list of recommended reading sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). Fifteen young adult book clubs from libraries across the country are responsible for determining this list of 25 nominees. Teens nationwide have nearly six months to read as many titles as possible before voting on their favorites in the fall. The ten finalists will be announced in October during Teen Read week.

Below is this year’s full list of nominees. The library offers print, eBook and audiobook editions of most titles. Continue reading “2020 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees”